hand painted kitchens, painted furniture, period property decorating throughout UK

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hand painted kitchen in Northampton – 20 years old

Blog, cleaning, hand-painted kitchen, Paul Barber, preparation

This is a transformation and a half. A hand painted kitchen in Northampton – 20 years old – bespoke pine kitchen – previously finished in very sticky Danish Oil – a bit of a mess. The brief Paul Barber, Traditional Painter for Northampton, was approached earlier this year to find out if it was even Read More

Zinsser BIN paint in aerosol cans or Sata 3000 HVLP minijet or brush

Blog, preparation, products, spray painting

Updated from original in 2012 We cover the options to apply Zinsser BIN paint in aerosol cans or by spray, brush or roller. Zinsser BIN is for you if you need to paint over knots in pine, tannin in oak, or old water stains or nicotine on plaster. These all affect the pigment in conventional Read More

Refurbish a painted wooden kitchen in Kent

Emma Brown, hand-painted kitchen, preparation

Emma Brown, Traditional Painter for Kent, was asked to refurbish a painted wooden kitchen. She designed a breakfast bar, modified cabinets and hand painted the kitchen. To add to the challenge, the previous kitchen painter had painted straight over wax with conventional furniture paints. Read all about the spectacular and very efficient turnaround. First question Read More

sizing walls before papering

Blog, preparation, products

I’ve had a few enquiries recently, asking about the best product for sizing walls before papering with lining paper or wallpaper. I think this rush of interest may be related to reports that Dulux Decorator Centres are no longer stocking conventional glue size, due to lack of demand? Do you have a lot of filler Read More

Make plaster walls smooth for painting: Prestonnet

beissier, Blog, preparation

This article on how to make plaster walls smooth for painting is full of tips and insights of use to DIY and trade. Even if you don’t decorate for a living or don’t do your own decorating, after reading this account from Andrew, a keen DIYer otherwise known as Amateur Hour64 over on the Traditional Read More

How to prepare walls before wallpapering

Blog, preparation, wallcoverings

This is part of a series, How to prepare walls before wallpapering . Here I explain how to check walls before stripping off wallpaper; tips on how to strip wallpaper with a smile on your face…and now, how to make sure the “bare” walls (or ceiling) are ready for wallpapering or lining. Unfortunately, once you Read More

Products for preparing kitchen cabinets – Lee Simone

abranet, Blog, festool, Flex, hand-painted kitchen, Lee Simone, Mirka, preparation

Yorkshire based kitchen and furniture painter, Lee Simone, shares his recommendations for products for preparing kitchen cabinets, based on extensive use. Since becoming a Traditional Painter I have picked up many a handy hint and recommendation for products for preparing kitchen cabinets, (plus priming and painting too), from the great pool of knowledge available from Read More

PRESTONETT Gras a lacquer

beissier, Blog, Martin Dunn, preparation

Martin Dunn, Traditional painter and Decorator in Staffordshire is well versed in the art of oil-based surfacer fillers. He was recently sent a tub of Prestonnet Gras a Lacquer to try by Aaron at Beissier.Beissier are Trade Corner members. Seeing as they trust me to give it a go, I decided to put my copy Read More

Linseed oil glazing putty, linseed paint

Adam Bermingham, Blog, lacq, Matthew Evans, period property, preparation

Linseed oil has been at the heart of the decorating world for centuries. Linseed oil is the soul of one of Europe’s longest established manufacturers, the core ingredient of most of their products. Linseed oil glazing putty is the traditional product for bedding in new glass in wooden windows, and creating an angled rebate for Read More

Flex sanders are better than they look!

Blog, preparation

Festool and Mirka seem to be the only gig in town for dust extraction sanding for decorating, but the guys producing Flex sanders would have something to say about that. Getting the difficult bits out the way first, I have heard several negative comments from the trade about Flex sanders, and their tools in general. Read More
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